BE MY GUEST

A guest bed­room is a fan­tas­tic ad­di­tion to any home… but when it comes to dé­cor where do you start?

Solihull News - - PROPERTY & LIVING -

S pace is of­ten at a pre­mium in the home. And if you’re for­tu­nate to have a spare bed­room there are a mil­lion and one po­ten­tial uses for it, every­thing from a study or play­room to a gym or home cin­ema. But hav­ing a guest room has its own ben­e­fits. Should you so de­sire, you could al­ways bring in some ex­tra in­come by rent­ing it to a lodger or stu­dent. But you could sim­ply keep it as a guest room, ready for vis­its from ex­tended fam­ily or close friends. And should you de­cide to do so, I know of a few style hacks that will en­sure your guests never want to leave.

HO­TEL CHIC

Stay­ing at a friend’s house isn’t quite the same as stay­ing at a ho­tel – af­ter all, no one ex­pects room ser­vice – but there is noth­ing wrong with spoil­ing vis­i­tors with some lux­u­ri­ous touches.

By keep­ing the colour scheme sim­ple – not clin­i­cal – you can re­ally go to town on bed­ding and ac­ces­sories. A beau­ti­ful bed­side lamp, the bestqual­ity bed­ding your bud­get will al­low and some sump­tu­ous tow­els in a beau­ti­ful wicker bas­ket will all add to the bou­tique ho­tel feel. If the room is small, keep­ing the de­tail around the bed is es­sen­tial.

Some in­spi­ra­tional cof­fee table books not only of­fer read­ing ma­te­rial but will bring a real fo­cal point to any sur­face while a fab­u­lous mir­ror could be­come the cen­tre­piece of your dreams.

But the most im­por­tant de­tail of all? A de­cent pair of cur­tains or black- out blinds to en­sure noth­ing stops your guests from get­ting a full night of shut eye!

STOR­AGE SPACE

It’s fair to say most guest bed­rooms are used spo­rad­i­cally, and there is the dan­ger of the room be­com­ing a dump­ing ground for clut­ter.

So stor­age is key. It goes without say­ing your guests will be bring­ing their bag­gage, quite lit­er­ally, so they are go­ing to need some­where to stow it.

But if you’re go­ing to in­vest in ex­pen­sive fur­nish­ings make sure you put your needs – not those of your guests – first.

A small ch­est of draw­ers might be per­fect for an overnight or week­end stay, but if you find other ar­eas of your home be­com­ing clut­tered, why not in­vest in a larger unit or even a wardrobe and make use of the ad­di­tional space your­self?

You can al­ways leave a ded­i­cated sec­tion for over- night guests and fill the rest with your own things.

And for­get the sofa bed – opt for a di­van with plenty of ad­di­tional stor­age space.

FIN­ISH­ING TOUCHES

What fur­nish­ings you have in your guest bed­room is com­pletely de­pen­dent on space, but if room al­lows, an invit­ingly com­fort­able arm­chair would be top of my shop­ping list. Again, take in­spi­ra­tion from your favourite ho­tels and go for some­thing bold that will truly add the wow fac­tor.

If the room is just too tight for a chair, but you still want plenty of style, a state­ment piece of art or a clus­ter of graphic prints will add a stamp of char­ac­ter without tak­ing up any floor space. Art is fab­u­lously bud­get friendly too with pieces read­ily avail­able at all price points.

Some fluffy scat­ter cush­ions to com­ple­ment your fur­nish­ings and a vase full of fresh flow­ers are all the fin­ish­ing touches you need to turn your tired spare room into a five- star guest suite.

A lit­tle thought and some per­fect fin­ish­ing touches can give guests the im­pres­sion they are stay­ing in a smart ho­tel

Choose some top qual­ity bed­ding and add in a few scat­ter cush­ions If there’s room, an arm­chair is the grand fi­nale

Les­ley Tay­lor is the au­thor of 10 interior de­sign books and has ap­peared on a range of TV shows, in­clud­ing This Morn­ing, giv­ing in­spi­ra­tional ad­vice on home styling

Throw some light on all the ef­fort you’ve put in

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